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    Super Moderator Kayaker72's Avatar
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    70-200 mm --new releases

    So, new lenses are always fun and Canon recently announced the 70-200 f/4 IS II and 70-200 f/2.8 III. I consider both the lenses these updates are replacing to be classics, among the best Canon has to offer. The update to the 70-200 f/2.8 III sounds like it is more about coatings (maybe there is more, but so far, coatings...and a slightly different color of white), the 70-200 f/4 IS was updated with a new optical formula.

    Bryan just released his first take on the IQ...I have to say, I see a bit of an improvement to contrast (most prominently at 135 mm), but this is very slight.

    @ 70 mm:

    @135 mm:

    @200 mm

    Granted, that is the issue with trying to update a classic lens, it is already so good. And a bit better contrast could actually result in a noticeable improvement in some pics.

    I do not own the 70-200 f/4 IS, but I own and I really do like the 70-300 can see the improvement of comparing the 70-200 f/4 II and 70-300 L at 200 mm:

    While the 70-200 f/4 IS II and 70-300 L are similar in my mind (compact, light weight telephoto lenses), the 100-400L II and 200-400 f/4 are bigger and much bigger, but still, it helps to compare IQ at 200 mm:

    Overall, it is not hard to see why the 70-200 f/4 IS was a classic. I am all set, but looks like a nice lens.
    Last edited by Kayaker72; 07-05-2018 at 06:44 PM.

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    I own a 70-200 F4L IS and I really cannot see a good reason to upgrade to the new version. Maybe I'm overlooking things, but I have no complains at all on my 50MP camera.
    If the new version was black though....I would have swapped without a doubt. I would look less professional and people would have less expectations. (which would reflect the reality of most results somewhat more )

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    Senior Member Dave Throgmartin's Avatar
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    The lenses are good enough now that upgrades are a harder sell. I find my 6D and 80D image quality plenty good enough so lenses that are marginal improvements are clearly not worth the money. I haven't bought a lens in a few years now.


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    The technical reason for the lenses being white is that the fluorite lenses inside are sensitive to heat. A bright color keeps the lens cooler.

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    Late to the party, but the 70-200/4IS II does add one more stop of stabilization than the prior model. I'm surprised that the 70-200/2.8IS III is so marginal of an "upgrade" compared to vII, but as a vI user I guess it means I'll upgrade to the vIII someday. The question now is which of these two new 70-200s do I buy first?
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